Four divisions of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 2-year-old trotting fillies went postward on opening night (7-27) at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs and as a result the first record of the season just missed being broken. The track proved lightning fast as three of the four divisions set lifetime marks. Posterity (Lucky Chucky-Vintage Ship) took full advantage of an early break by favored Winning Princess (Jim Morrill Jr.) to wire the field and post a 1:59.1 victory, which was only one-fifth of a second off the track record set by Dreamy Dawn in 2010. Charlie Norris, who both trains and drives the filly, left sharp and set even fractions en route to an easy three and one-half length decision. The winning time was a new lifetime mark and the second win in three starts this year for Posterity, who paid $7.00. Posterity is owned by Carrie Norris, Janine Zito and Jerry Buck Sprinkle. In the first division, Lima Playtime (Credit Winner-Pacific Legacy) was an easy coast to coast winner who led the field by open lengths the whole race. Driver Rick Zeron seemed to have a gas pedal at his disposal after they passed three-quarters in 1:32.1; that's when the mare sped away from the group to come home in an impressive 28.3 and take a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4. The even-money favorite returned $4.20. Zeron trains and co-owns Lima Playtime with Millar Farms, James Walker and Paul Fisher. The second division saw a dominant winner displaced due to interference by her coupled entry. Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty-Good Common Cents) and Jim Morrill Jr. wasted no time getting the lead before setting speedy fractions of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:29.4 into the far turn. The entry on the ticket, Steel Wheels (Lucky Chucky-Some Girls) and Gates Brunet pulled off the rail from third to take a shot at the leader. But shortly after that move, she made a break and interfered with trailing horses. After the heavily favored Goosebump Hanover pulled away to an easy five-length victory, the inquiry sign went up, and the winner came down due to the interference by the coupled horse. Second place finisher, Credit To Thelimit (Credit Winner-Prize Angie) and driver Sam Schillaci were then declared the winner ($23.80). Credit To Thelimit is also trained by Schillaci for owners Matthew Bencic, Peter Barbato, Sam Bova and Jodi Schillaci. In the final split, Dizzy Broad (Broad Bahn-Portia) proved last week's win was no fluke as she set a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4 while registering a four-length decision over her six competitors. Lindylicious (Credit Winner-Scrumptious Lindy) flew off the wings for Chris Lems and went right to the front before leading for almost three-quarters of the race. But when the field was headed up the backside, driver Kevin Cummings pulled Dizzy Broad from third and appeared to fly past Lindylicious to take the lead. From that point on the only thing in question was how much the filly would win by. Dizzy Broad, who is owned and trained by Noel Daley, returned $9.10 to her backers. There were also two divisions of the NYSS Excelsior A series on the card and the both also proved to be career best efforts for the winners. Take The Cash (Cash Hall-Take The Lid Off) driven by Jim Morrill Jr. scored her first career victory in 2:01.4 and returned $4.60. Take The Cash is trained by Perry Simser, who co- owns the filly with Clifford Morcom, Richard Kaplan and Salvatore Corcione. In the second leg, Barn Diva (Conway Hall-Misty Ridge) captured her second straight career win while also stopping the timer in 2:01.4. The winner, who returned $4.30, is trained and co-owned by Steve Pratt with Nancy Pratt and the Purple Haze Stable. Racing resumes Wednesday night (7-29) at Batavia Downs with the first post set for 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski
Standardbred Horse Sales Company has posted the 2014 Black Book 1 Yearling Sale catalog on its website at www.theblackbook.com/catalog-downloads.php. You can download the catalog and other handy PDF packets, or create and track your own yearling lists with our “My Black Book” program. QR codes on individual yearling pages will link your Smart Phone or iPad to yearling videos when available. Download a “QR reader” application from your Smart Phone’s “App Store”, and scan the QR code on the printed catalog page with your Smart Phone. The yearling video will soon appear! We hope you enjoy this handy innovation closer to the Sale. This year’s Harrisburg Sale proudly presents 1125 fabulous yearlings, including yearlings by first year sires Roll With Joe (37), Manofmanymissions (21), Big Jim (17), Broad Bahn (9), Up The Credit (5), Vintage Master (3), Delmarvalous (3), and Big Bad John (2). Our iPad formatted catalog can now be downloaded using the Equineline.com Sales Catalog app – follow the link from the Black Book website DOWNLOADS page. The Black Book offers great yearlings for everyone’s needs, from Grand Circuit to Fair racing. Find your champion today! From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company
Hanover, PA --- The Standardbred Horse Sales Company is proud to announce that our 76th annual Harrisburg Yearling Sale Preview is now posted on our website, www.theblackbook.com. Individual yearling pedigrees will soon follow, with yearling video links posted closer to the Sale. Yearling Sale dates are Monday (Nov. 3) through Thursday (Nov. 6), featuring 1,123 yearlings, 531 by Pennsylvania sires, 275 by Ontario sires, 230 by New York sires, 78 by New Jersey sires, five by Indiana sires, two by Ohio sires, and two by Delaware sires. First year sires Roll With Joe (37), Manofmanymissions (21), Big Jim (17), Broad Bahn (9), Up The Credit (5), Vintage Master (3), and Big Bad John (2) are well represented. Printed catalogs will be mailed Sept. 12. Standardbred will again offer catalogs formatted for the iPad through the Equineline.com Sales Catalog app. As always, Standardbred provides multiple “Search” functions and downloadable PDF packets on our website to help you find your champion. Our convenient “My Black Book” feature allows customers to store lists of yearling prospects with pedigrees, video links, and personal notes in a confidential format that is accessible from any Internet-capable device. From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company
A Scandinavian quartet have teamed up and bought Broadway Hall. Hans Nelén (Global Farm), John Bootsman (Boko Stables), Mats Gabrielsson (Oxalis) and the couple Siv and Nils Otto Bergslien (The breeders of ”Thai”-horses) are the quartet behind the deal. Broadway Hall will stay in Pennsylvania and will service American breeding during 2015. In the fall, he will be collecting semen for freezing to the European market. Broadway Hall debuted as 2-year-old with making nine starts and he remained undefeated. Among his victories excels elimination and final of the Breeders Crown, Kentucky Sire Stakes and Lexington Breeders Championship. He received the Dan Patch Award as the "2-year-old-trotting-colt-of-the-year” in the United States. Broadway Hall is the father of five world record holders, including the filly Cooler Schooner who last year won at 1: 51.3 at Pocono Downs 5/8-mile-track, which is still the fastest time for a two year old in the world - any track length. He has left two millionaires, Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn and the mare Action-Broadway. He has nearly 700 offspring in North America, which together have earned over 30 million dollars. In Sweden, he has 50 registered offspring where the mare Mermaid Ås (E3-winner and 2nd in Grand Prix de l’UET) is most winning with nearly four million SEK in her bank roll. In Norway Broadway Hall has left Thai Broadway (2nd in Grand Prix de l’UET and Breeders Crown), which earned almost 3.5 million NOK. Facts Age: 14 years (foaled 2000) Pedigree: Conway Hall - B Cor Tamgo Record: 1:56.4 Purse: $436,790 - Won the Dan Patch Award as the ”2YO-trotting-colt-of-the-year” in the United States in 2002. - Undefeated after nine starts as a 2-year old. - Breeders Crown winner. World Champion foals Frau Blucher, 1:53.1 • 3YO fillies at half-mile-track Cooler Schooner, 1:51.3 • 2YO fillies at 5/8-mile-track Pilgrims Chuckie, 1:53 • 3YO colts and geldings at 5/8-mile-track Stage Show, 1:53.1 • 4YO fillies at 5/8-mile-track Sherman Mountain, 1:53.3 • 3YO geldings at 5/8-mile-track To earning foals USA: Broad Bahn (1.53 • $ 1,547,988), Action-Broadway (1:52.3 • $ 1,071,122), Pilgrims Taj (1:53.3 • $ 996,748), Frau Blucher (1:52.3 • $ 914,367), Broadway Scooner (1:53.3 • $ 885,933) and Opening Night (1:52.2 • $ 749,374). Sweden: Mermaid Ås (1:53.2 • 3,944,747 SEK) and the US-imports - Production (1:54.3 • 1,447,870 SEK), Cool Keeper (1:56 • 1,426,500 SEK) and Dicey Spicey (1:56.4 • 848,494 SEK). Norway: Thai Broadway (1:52.4 • 3,489,856 NOK). Finland: Vincent Van Kemp (1:56.2 • € 78,953). For more information contact either Truls Heslien, Global Farm, +47,328,767 97 +47906596 31 or John Bootsman, Boko Stables, +46 70-582 07 19. by Håkan Persson, for Global Farm
(TRENTON) - New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today announced Governor Chris Christie has appointed Michael Gulotta, Dr. Richard S. Meirs and Mark Mullen to the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees. "All three new members of the Sire Stakes Board currently serve as directors of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and bring extensive knowledge of the harness racing industry to the Board," said Secretary Fisher. Michael Gulotta is the chief executive officer of Deo Volente Farms, LLC of Flemington, which was named "Farm of the Future" by the United States Trotting Association in 2009. Among the world champions he has raced are Worldly Beauty, Lis Mara, Holiday Road, and Crys Dream. Dr. Meirs has served as the general manager of Walnridge Farm, Inc. with operations in Cream Ridge and Elizabethtown, PA. He is also a principal in the Walnridge Equine Clinic veterinary practice and has served as a past president of the New Jersey Association of Equine Practitioners. Mark Mullen is the President and co-owner of Fair Winds Farm, Inc. of Cream Ridge. He was named co-breeder of the year in 2009 by the United States Trotting Association and was the breeder of 2011 Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn. Re-appointed to the board of Trustees by Governor Christie was Thomas A. D'Altrui of Hillsborough. D'Altrui has served on the Sire Stakes Board of Trustees since 2001. He is the owner/operator of D.I. Farms and was named North American Breeder of the Year in 1988. He previously served as first Vice President of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. D'Altrui will serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The Sire Stakes Board is responsible for the administration of the Department of Agriculture's stakes racing program for two- and three-year-old pacers and trotters sired by registered stallions at New Jersey breeding farms as well as the Standardbred Development Fund, which provides a stakes program for the progeny of mares who spend a minimum of 150 days in New Jersey and foal in New Jersey. For more information on the Sire Stakes Program, visit www.jerseyequine.nj.gov/sirestakes.htm. From the NJ Department of Agriculture
Former USA 2YO Colt Trotter of the Year, Pastor Stephen, steps up into Swedish elite company incuding reigning Elitppet champ Nahar for the first time since joining Solvalla trainer Daniel Redén when he takes his place in the Norrlandskt Masterskap (Championship) at Bergsaker on the weekend. A million dollar stakes earner with a record of 1.52.4, Pastor Stephen was a sensational 2YO in North America reeling off wins in the Reynolds Memorial, Champlian Stakes, William Wellwood Memorial and Simcoe Stakes for trainer Juimmy Takter to gain the top vote in the 2YO colts and geldings category with 6 wins and 4 seconds from 11 starts and a record of 1.53.3 and earnings of around $US700,000. The Cantab Hall product of Kentucky’s Brittany Farms but an injury before the Canadian Trotting curtailed his 3YO although he won 4 of 11 starts and won just over $400,000, lowering his time to 1.52.4 with his best finish in the big stakes races being a fifth in the Hambletonian. Interestingly he is the third stallion from that year’s Hambletonian to be now plying his trade in Sweden, joining that year’s winner Broad Bahn and Currier and Ives winner Fawkes, who was unplaced. Broad Bahn joined Stig Johansson’s stable and has yet to be sighted on Swedish tracks while Fawkes has had success in the ultra competitive elite Swedish ranks, winning the Swedish Group I King Gustav’s Pokal for 4YOs last year. Rated by top driver Yannick Gingras as one of the best horses he had ever driven, Pastor Stephen was urchased by Stall Zet in January 2011. The 3YO injury, though healing, prevented Pastor Stephen racing as a 4YO, although he did stud duties in Sweden serving some top mares such as E3 winner Sweet Desire, and resumed training this spring, qualifying in Gavle in August. Since then Pastor Stephen has had just one start in a minor race at Gavle last month where he ran second in a sprint over 1640m in 1.12.7ak (1.57MR), interestingly beating home Group I winner Oracle (Ganymede). It is a tough test of his credentials with Robert Bergh’s Elitloppet winner Nahar (7g Love You) in the field and this will also be the first time that Pastor Stephen has raced over more than a mile (not counting the 1640m last start). Orecchietti (6h From Above) ran third in the Group II Arjangs Stora Pris in a top field behind Sebastian K and Formula One two starts back, and will be one of the favourites with Orjan Kihlstrom in the cart. Also in the field are last start winner Rakas (8h Victory Party), who won the 2010 Frances Bulwark and Finnish Group I winners Up Date Hoss (7h Classic Response) trained by Stig Johansson and She Loves You (6m Love You), a Finnish St Leger winning mare (and whose dam is a sister to SJ’s Caviar) who has not been in top form since returning from an unsuccessful stint in France. NORRLÄNDSKT VARMBLODSMÄSTERSKAP Bergsåker 5-10-13 V75 Gulddivision Ht, 2140m Auto 1 El Sueco (8g Calvin Capar - Otilia Sund) Dr: Oskar J Andersson Tr: Kristina Wiik 2 Haraldinho (6g Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia) Dr: Marcus M Melander Tr: Catarina Lundström 3 David Sisu (5h Lindy Lane - Keystone Delicious) Dr: Ulf Ohlsson Tr: Petri Salmela 4 Device (9h Pine Chip - Vitessa) Dr: Per Linderoth Tr: Per Linderoth 5 Nahar (8g Love You - Mahonny Broline) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh 6 Francais du Gull (6h Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr: Bo Eklöf Tr: Erik Lindegren 7 She Loves You (FI) (6m Love You - S J's Shad Roe) Dr: Jörgen Westholm Tr: Jörgen Westholm 8 Up-Date Hoss (FI) (7h Classic Response - Celebration Ride) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H Johansson 9 Rakas (8h Victory Party - Tricky Woo) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Per Lennartsson 10 Pastor Stephen (US) (5h Cantab Hall - Gala Dream) Dr: Daniel Redén Tr: Daniel Redén 11 Orecchietti (6h From Above - Canneloni) Dr: Örjan Kihlström Tr: Stefan Hultman 12 Parkin (7g Tap In - La Bigi) Dr: Henrik Svensson Tr: Björn Persson by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com
Trainer Noel Daley knows winning his second Hambletonian with All Laid Out won’t be as easy as his first with Broad Bahn in 2011, yet his latest prospect, while diminutive in Stature, is right on schedule. The son of Yankee Glide was scheduled to start in a division of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Harrah’s Philadelphia on July 18, and then enter the Hambletonian eliminations on Saturday, August 3. Owned by Daley of Bordentown, NJ, All Laid Out was purchased for $32,000 at the Lexington-Selected Sale. “Honestly, I would have never bought the horse because he was about as big as a German Sheppard,” recalled the 51-year-old from Australia based at Magical Acres in Chesterfield, NJ. “He’s a well-bred horse, but just a tiny little fella. The brother [Fire To The Rain] was a bigger type and he sold for $140,000. “A friend of mine from Finland, Martti Ala-seppala, picked him out,” explained Daley. “He’s is a really good judge of yearlings. He was a co-breeder of Impressive Kemp [1:54.3, $501,074], who I had in 2009 and 2010. She won the Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs for me. “Martti loves going to the sales, watching the videos, looking at them and judging them,” he continued. “He’s handy because he can go back twenty years and remember how each of a mare’s foals stood.” As a late-blooming two-year-old, All Laid Out first qualified on August 16, 2012, and made early breaks in four of his nine freshman starts. He won a $101,000 division of the Bluegrass at The Red Mile in 1:57. “Sometimes he wasn’t paying attention, and he’s still not totally bomb proof,” said Daley. “He’s very lucky he’s still a colt. We were close to gelding him. He’s a little frustrating. He’s a little guy with a big opinion of himself. He could always trot, but I never thought he was a Hambletonian horse.” All Laid Out has three wins in seven starts this season, pushing his career earnings to $185,693. The colt has come to hand winning his last two starts, a first over 1:53.1 mile in the consolation for the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial, then a career best of 1:53 in a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars, both at Pocono Downs. “He was actually very good in his Beal elimination,” noted Daley. “He had all kinds of trot and had nowhere to go. He doesn’t mind doing a little work. The first over trips don’t appear to bother him. We obviously won’t know until the time comes, but I don’t think the [Hambletonian] heats will hurt him. “I’m not delusional, just happy I’ve got another shot at it. We’ve made enough to pay into these stakes races and hope to get more money. That’s basically our philosophy. Over the past few weeks we’ve just thought maybe there’s some hope for the Hambletonian.” Reverting back to heats for the 2013 Hambletonian has added a twist to ramping up for this year’s classic and led to different approaches. “Some of them haven’t come back as good,” stated Daley “They were quick early on and not as good now. If my colt can improve a bit on his last couple of starts he could definitely get a piece of it. Who knows with the way things are falling this year? “Yes, you have to peak him and have everything go in your favor,” he continued. “I was talking to Chuck Sylvester the other day, and I joked with him you’ve won with worse. His horse [Spider Blue Chip] is coming around at the right time. I mean, Chuckie is the man. We were talking back in May about how all of these horses were going in 1:52 and 1:53 at the time. He told me, ‘You watch, they won’t be around come Hambletonian time’.” Wheeling N Dealin, rated number one on the Road to the Hambletonian top ten, has taken an ultra conservative route with only one start so far in 2013, which has lead to some speculation. The 2012 Dan Patch Award winner was a perfect nine-for-nine at two before suffering his first career loss. “With Wheeling N Dealin, they’re doing exactly what they said they were going to do from Day One,” said Daley. “Last year, it was him and Royalty For Life, who’s very fast, but needs to keep his mind on his manners. This year looks like an exciting one because it looks like any one of ten horses could win it right now. “We’re probably being diabolically opposite to what they’re doing with Wheeling N Dealin, but we’re really just taking our races as they come. The Hambletonian will be another race in a series of races for our colt. We weren’t really pointing him for it.” In addition to campaigning the 2005 Trotter of the Year, Mr Muscleman [1:51.1, $3,582,323], Daley finished second to eventual Horse of the Year Muscle Hill in the 2009 Hambletonian with Explosive Matter, and then won the 2011 edition with Broad Bahn. “Explosive Matter [1:52.3, $1,510,542] was a very nice horse for us,” he said. “It’s nice see his first crop is doing awesome, and he didn’t get the mares Muscle Hill did. Explosive Matter was a far better horse than Broad Bahn (1:53, $1,547,988]. Everything single thing went right with Broad Bahn. I have never been so confident in a horse prior to winning that Hambletonian. We brought him back this year. I trained him down to 2:04 at the Meadowlands and he had a filling in a hind leg. So, they brought him back to Europe.” by Rachel Ryan
Danish owned Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn will head to Europe next week and will join the harness racing stable of Stig H. Johansson in Stockholm.
New Zealanders would love to claim her as their own. So would American trotting fans, but one of the world's greatest harness racing grooms is in fact both Japanese and deaf.
With the 2012 edition of the $700,000 Zweig Memorial Trot scheduled for this Sunday at Vernon Downs, "Inside Harness Racing" hits the road to visit 2011 champion Broad Bahn at Winbak Farm, where he has completed his first year at stud.
On April Fool's Day 2007 Deputy Sheriff Peter Alagna had to start work at 11pm, but he was also posted to drive at 10.35pm at Balmoral Park. Not wanting to miss the opportunity to drive, that didn't stop the harness racing loving Will County (Illinois) policeman.
Mark Mullen of Fair Winds Farm, harness racing breeder of 2011 Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn, and his wife Laura have made a lasting contribution to equine science students at their alma mater, the University of New Hampshire.